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Assemblyman Ryan Peters (R-Hainesport)

Stanfield retirement doesn’t change sheriff race, Peters says

By Nikita Biryukov, February 25 2019 4:58 pm

Assemblyman Ryan Peters (R-Lumberton) on Monday said he doesn’t expect Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield’s retirement to much damage his party’s chances of holding the office.

“I think the next person will have tough shoes to fill, but they’ll have her as a mentor and a guide to really help out, so I don’t really see it changing that much,” Peters said. “I think the county will put up a great sheriff candidate that I think Jean will mentor and talk through because Jean’s not going anywhere as far as she’ll stay with the party.”

Stanfield on Friday told the New Jersey Globe that she would retire on May 1, seven months before the end of her sixth term as Sheriff. She has held the post since 2001.

She said Undersheriff Diane Jasmine would serve as acting sheriff in the interim, though Stanfield added that she does not expect Jasmine to run for the post.

The Burlington County Republican Committee is in the process of screening candidates to replace Stanfield, and sources say Democrats have restarted their own recruitment process now that the sheriff is not seeking reelection.

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